Which Hard Disk to Buy

  Tall 18:02 03 Aug 03

The more I read users' feedback on hard disks they've bought, such as from Ebuyer, the more confused I get. The trouble is that each brand of disk draws its fair share of gripes. Western Digital are claimed to be noisy and unreliable; IBM (Hitachi) are said to run very hot and be unreliable; and so it goes in.

I was considering buying the cheapest avilable 80GB drive - the IBM - but can anyone tell me how drive makes compare for reliability? Has any magazine done a long-term review of consumers' feedback?

  Joe McG 18:06 03 Aug 03

Over the years i've only went between western digital and maxtor.

I've found both to be reliable, and no more noisy than, any others.

  spuds 18:32 03 Aug 03

Same as above.Always used Western Digital and in my opinion slightly better Maxtor range. Just fitted a Maxtor 120gb for £73.00.

  Brian-336451 19:06 03 Aug 03

I've been using Maxtor drives now for about 5 years, various sizes.

When I replaced a 'small'(the definition of small changes constantly) one, I passed it on to friends.

They (not one) haven't failed yet. Perhaps its unrealistic to expect them NEVER to fail, but when reliablility is this good, the extra few quid to buy Maxtor is worth it in my eyes.

  -pops- 19:15 03 Aug 03

I've built dozens of machines and all of them have had Maxtor drives - several of them have had two. Never had any problems at all with them.


  Stuartli 20:03 03 Aug 03

If you buy the Western Digital HDDs such as the Caviar with model numbers that end with JB i.e. WD600JB, you will gain a three rather than one year guarantee.

It's beneficial for peace of mind, but you normally lose some GB, for instance a 60GB drive instead of an 80MB with 12 month warranty, for the same price.

Larger IBM drives around the 120GB size have been giving considerable problems; my son bought two last year for a server and both had to be replaced.

IBM stated that they were never intended to be run for more than a few hours at a time - little use for server purposes...:-)

I've never found my own previous Western Digital drives to be noisy.

  DieSse 20:14 03 Aug 03

I use only Seagate drives, and find them easy to set up, fast, quiet and reliable.

I think you'll find Seagate, Maxtor and WD are all much of a muchness.

  ton 22:24 03 Aug 03

Western Digital Caviar (three) reliable and VERY quiet.

  H-J 22:32 03 Aug 03

I use seagates and IBMs and havent had any problems (touch wood!) but I wish I knew why seagate put a rubber jacket round some of their drives! methinks this will not exactly help heat transfer.


  DieSse 22:39 03 Aug 03

To stop sticky fingers touching the electronics - and only on the 5400rpm drives (they're cooler anyway).

  beec crump 22:40 03 Aug 03

Well I know a friend who build computers (business) and I have two comps of his both with Seagate. He always fits them and says he has only ever had one problem (with 100s of drives).

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